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November 18, 2013

Commissioners to discuss boats, changes to municipal fine limits

ENID, Okla. — Enid city commissioners will discuss the need for an ordinance to allow boats on certain city waterways at their regular meeting tonight.

Because of the planned improvements to Meadowlake Park and the nostalgia of paddle boats on the lake there, the ordinance will define additional restrictions to comply with safety requirements while also allowing non-motorized boats.

While it has not been finalized, both the Park Board and Enid City Commission have expressed interest in bringing back paddle boats.

According to a copy of the ordinance, boats also theoretically could be used at Crosslin and Government Springs parks.

Commissioners also will consider whether to approve a slate of changes to municipal fine limits. Most are being increased to state-allowed levels.

Offenses being altered include false reporting, assault and battery, stalking, property crime, morality offenses, disorderly conduct and other, more serious crimes.

As the demolition of the Kress Building and Cherokee Strip Conference Center draws near, the commission will vote on giving Mayor Bill Shewey the authority to sign documents necessary to close on the real estate deal with LodgeWell LLC, for the land under the structures. Demolition is expected to commence in early December.

The study session begins at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Both are at the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

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